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Isner beat Mahut 70-68 in 5th set

06-25-2010 08:46 BJT

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The longest match in tennis history finally came to an end on Thursday when American John Isner beat France's Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of their titanic battle at Wimbledon.

Picking up at 59-59 in the fifth set, the match continued on serve with no break points until the American hit a backhand passing shot past the Frenchman in the 138th game of the set to finish the contest in front of a packed crowd on Court 18.

The amazing final score read: 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3) 70-68. The epic first-round encounter at Wimbledon was the longest match ever, lasting 11 hours, 5 minutes, over three days, with the fifth set alone lasting 8 hours, 11 minutes.

Isner and Mahut were presented with crystal bowls and champagne by former Wimbledon women's champion Ann Haydon-Jones and former British men's number one Tim Henman on behalf of the All England Club to mark their record-breaking match.

Jone Isner, Winner of the Longest Match, said, "I can't explain that. Obviously both players were serving - we both served really well. That's the main thing. But even in that case, you can't even imagine it going past 20-all. I don't know, I guess it was just meant to be or whatever. You know, I mean, in a way I'm kind of glad it happened, although I am pretty tired. It's pretty nice to be a part of that match."

The longest match in tennis history finally came to an end on Thursday when American John Isner beat France's Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of their titanic battle at Wimbledon. 
The longest match in tennis history finally came to an end on Thursday when American 
John Isner beat France's Nicolas Mahut 70-68 in the fifth set of their titanic 
battle at Wimbledon.

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